Two Cameroon Based groups win Cordaid 2010 HIV & AIDS Awards in the Netherlands

Reps. from Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) and Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative group (NVWCIG) pay courtesy visit to Cameroonian Ambassador, H.E Mrs. Odette Melono. L to R: Ms. Theresa Morfaw (NVWCIG); Mr. Piet Van Gils (CBC and Cordaid Cameroon program manager); H.E Mrs. Odette Melono and Mr. Simon Manga accompanying NVWCIG. These are the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Board (a faith based organization-FBO) and the Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative group from Bamenda (a community Based Organization-CBO).

The award which carried a cash price of 10.000 Euros was handed by the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID) and their Partners to the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Board for “showing outstanding commitment and leadership with regards to creating an access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services for women living with HIV.

The award ceremony took place on December 1st, 2010 during the 2010 World AIDS Day celebrations in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The prices were personally awarded by the Dutch AIDS Ambassador, Ms. Marijke Wijnroks during the National Congress on HIV, STI and SEX.

On hand to receive the awards and represent their organizations from Cameroon were Ms. Theresa Morfaw from the Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative group in Bamenda accompanied by Mr. Simon MANGA and Cordaid Cameroon program manager, Piet Van Gils. They were in the Netherlands between November 28 and December 2, 2010.

It should be noted that The CORDAID 2010 HIV and AIDS Award was contested for by 70 organizations from over 25 countries in the Global South. It is very interesting to note that this year; Cameroon won both in the Faith Based Organization (FBO) and Community Based Organization (CBO) categories.

What is of paramount importance to note is the fact that Cordaid is a Catholic Organization. By giving an award to the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Board, it clearly indicates how objective their policies regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are; including contraceptive and the use of condoms both to prevent STI and pregnancy.

A day before receiving their awards, the representatives of the Cameroon based organizations paid a courtesy visit to the Cameroonian Ambassador to the Netherlands Her Excellency (H.E) Mrs. Odette Melono. The Ambassador was very pleased to receive them. She was much more elated to learn that two (2) winners for the 2010 Cordaid award both came from Cameroon.

After briefing Her Excellency Melono about their work and organizations, the Ambassador congratulated both the CBC Health Board and the Ntankah Women’s Group for their contributions to women and girls living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon.  She revealed that she is equally very interested in the fight against HIV/AIDS and as a result is planning (with support from the Cameroonian Government), a counseling and testing campaign for Cameroonians living in the Netherlands as well as to encourage those living with HIV to seek treatment.

The visit was followed by a photo opportunity with the Cameroonian Ambassador.

These awards come on the heels of another award recently giving to fellow Cameroonian Ms. Veronica Kini (Cameroonian Women rights Activist) by the Dordrecht Urban Council (Municipality) for her work in fighting for ‘grassroots’ women rights in Ntankah Village Bamenda.



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